Meaning of “deprivation” in the English Dictionary

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"deprivation" in British English

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deprivationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌdep.rɪˈveɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdep.rəˈveɪ.ʃən/

C2 a situation in which you do not have things or conditions that are usually considered necessary for a pleasant life:

They used sleep deprivation as a form of torture.
There is awful deprivation in the shanty towns.
There were food shortages and other deprivations during the Civil War.

(Definition of “deprivation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deprivation" in American English

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deprivationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌdep·rəˈveɪ·ʃən/

an absence or too little of something important:

[ C ] There were food shortages and other deprivations during the war.

(Definition of “deprivation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)